Sometimes fireplace wishes do come true. After fifteen years of planning and saving and tuition, we finally remodeled our 2000-era family room stone fireplace.

Remember those big box televisions that weighed 300 pounds and every seller in that decade listed their television as an “inclusion?”


We loved the fireplace location because it was the anchor for the room when you walked in from the main level entry.

Side note: You can see where Chloe and Elliott watch television. If you are new to Everyday Edits they are our Bernese Mountain dogs.   

Our previous mantel was a decor enthusiast’s dream because it was set back to match the depth of the “tube television.”

It was always fun to decorate for fall because I could just toss pumpkins and fall garland onto the mantel and call it a day.


We considered refacing our family room fireplace when we replaced the granite tiles around the lower level fireplace. In a weekend for under $500.

The original fireplace, granite tiled hearth, and crown molding were demoed down to the studs. It took two guys with chainsaws to cut out and get to the bones of the original fireplace.

And then frame the new two-story fireplace, mantel, fireplace and hearth. Years ago, we hired an architect for a double-sided fireplace.

I’ll save that dream for another day, but thankfully we were able to use those plans and modify it for our existing fireplace.


And now? We have a stone fireplace that is worthy of a Coors Light indoor fireside commercial.

We replaced the original gas fireplace, which was originally off to the side to balance the space for the television. With a larger fireplace insert, we centered it against the stone fireplace.

The stone fireplace was an easy decision. One of the most common upgrades I see when showing homes is the faux stacked faux stone. We did it in our lower-level dual-sided fireplace.

But we both wanted a Colorado, mountain feel for this room with its amazing views of the mountain range and sunlight until dusk.

The funny thing is the stone is from Texas!

We agreed we needed a mantel that was worthy of the stone. Following the original fireplace renderings, we chose a Douglas Fir wood slab.

We made our own mantels for our lower-level fireplace a few years ago.

Here’s how it was delivered.

We chose a dark walnut stain to match the refinished floors. The 10″ depth allows for a controlled amount of seasonal decor.

We absolutely love our fireplace. It was worth the time, money and effort. We decided with this crazy market (that I work in) to stay in our house of almost twenty years because there are not that many places where we could feel at home and make everyday edits along the way.

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